Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is leaving husband Anthony Weiner, who quit Congress in 2011 when he was caught sending other women sexually explicit messages, after yet another sexting scandal.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”
Weiner’s Twitter account appeared to be deleted Monday after new sexting allegations about Abedin’s husband graced the cover of Monday’s New York Post. The Post refers to Weiner as a “disgraced ex-congressman” that has been sexting with a “busty brunette” and claims he “sent her a lurid crotch shot with his toddler son in the picture.”
The women, who spoke to the Post on a condition of anonymity, provided photos and screen shots of their conversation. She told the paper that they’ve never met in person, despite Weiner’s repeated invitations.
This appears to have been the final straw for Abedin, who famously stood by her husband when previous sexting scandals derailed his once-promising political career. Earlier this year, “Weiner,” a documentary about the troubled politician, was released to critical acclaim.
Weiner put Abedin in the public eye when one of his various sexting scandals became tabloid fodder in 2011 and forced Weiner had to resign from Congress. Abedin stood by his side through the scandal, much like Hillary did with Bill Clinton.
Abedin is considered Clinton’s closest friend and advisor, and has worked for the Democratic nominee for the majority of her adult life. She was recently profiled in a lengthy Vogue article by Nathan Heller that called her “the engine at the center of Clinton’s well-run machine.”
In the profile, Abedin described that her romance with Weiner wasn’t love at first site.
“Our recollection is not identical,” Abedin told Vogue about the first time she met Weiner, which happened at Democratic retreat in 2001. “But we both remember that I ordered tea, and then left to use the ladies’ room, and then never came back. That was our first meeting.”
“One of the things that, because we became friendly, I found striking about Anthony was how smart he was, what a great debater he was. He was smart, he was passionate,” she told the magazine before calling his passion “very attractive.”
The two married in 2010 and will now separate after six years of marriage.